National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on sanctuaries.noaa.gov/coronavirus/.

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The Sanctuary Exploration Center And Offices Are Now Closed To The Public.

This is a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following local and departmental guidance, and will continue to monitor the situation. We thank you for your understanding. (11/2/2020)
 

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Location, Location, Location!


After a two-year and 23-site evaluation process, a three-quarter acre site was chosen for its spectacular ocean-side location in Santa Cruz's famed beach area at the historic Fun Spot. Located at the corner of Pacific and Beach Streets, the center is in the midst of many popular visitor and recreational attractions. The Municipal Wharf, world-famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Steamer Lane, Depot Park and Lighthouse Point are all within an easy walk of the site. A trolley runs from downtown to the wharf during the summer and pedestrian and bike trails link to the site as well. Roaring Camp Railroad also offers roundtrip train rides between the Santa Cruz beach area and mountains through the scenic San Lorenzo Valley watershed.
   

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Directions

The Sanctuary Exploration Center is located directly across the street from the beach and Santa Cruz Wharf at 35 Pacific Street, Santa Cruz CA.


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Santa Cruz Area

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trollyCatch a ride on the trolley!

The trolley is the best way to get back and forth between the exploration center and downtown to avoid traffic congestion and parking hassles.

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Parking

There are many parking garages in the area.

Limited metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.

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